Microsoft is releasing a new ARM64 version of the Xbox app for Windows today. This means the Xbox app will run natively on Surface Pro X and other Arm-powered devices, as well as Microsoft’s latest SQ3-powered Surface Pro 9, which was announced earlier today.
Microsoft confirmed the new Xbox app for Arm in a blog post today. While the Xbox app will now run smoothly on Arm-powered Windows hardware, games are another matter. There still aren’t many Windows games natively compiled for Arm, so you’ll either have to take advantage of the built-in emulation here or just stream games from elsewhere.
Fortunately, Microsoft has added support for Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Xbox app that works on Arm devices. This means you can stream any Xbox Game Pass Ultimate game to Arm devices and avoid having to worry about compatibility or performance issues.
Microsoft has been gradually bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming to more and more devices recently. The streaming service is available on select 2022 Samsung smart TVs and monitors, and Microsoft just this week committed to integrating it with Meta’s Quest VR headsets. We might even see a dedicated Xbox cloud streaming device soon after Microsoft’s Xbox official revealed an old prototype of the streaming box the company is still working on.